Posted on December 9th, 2017 - Fiona
It has become a bit of a pre Christmas tradition for us to take a family weekend break in the run up to Christmas. A little Christmas shopping and a good burst of family time at the end of a busy holiday season and ahead of the festive break. This was last weekend and we were blessed with arriving on the most glorious winter afternoon just before sunset. How could I resist? As the kids headed for the hotel sports and Nick the golf course, the photographer in me grabbed my camera and headed the short walk down to the beach to capture the sunset and relax into our weekend. I’ll share more about our busy weekend in a future post, but for now here is the view that greeted me, I hope you’ll agree, it was worth the walk and sitting in the winter sand to capture. Despite being bitterly cold and losing all feeling in my fingers, the glow from the winter sun makes it look much warmer than the reality.
From the Coast path a first glimpse of the sun.
A huge ball of fire out to sea.
Down on sunset beach watching the reflection across the water.
As the sun begins to disappear over the horizon a burnt orange glow fills the sky.
I hurry back up the coast path while I can still see my way.
Posted on December 8th, 2017 - Fiona
Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill
Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:
“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”
Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside.
The animals came in two by two….
Our alpaca are quite a comedy duo on the morning tractor ride as they lead the way around the farm. Sadly for them their game stops just ahead of the photo here when I open the last gate for the tractor leaving them behind. Don’t feel too sorry for them though they have the run of the place for now and are very happy. Equally our holiday guests are happy to bid them farewell for the day and head on about their business making pre Christmas holiday memories to take home. I hope you have Christmas in hand and an outdoor festive adventure to share too on the link up below.
Guidelines for Joining in:
- Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
- Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
- Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
- Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
- If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
- Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
- Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
- I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
- By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
- There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.
My top commenters from last week:
- Emma from The Joy of Five who commented on 10 posts.
- Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 9 posts.
- Emma from Bubba Blue and Me who commented on 8 posts.
We have just one guilty blogger link dumping this week, Please go back if it is you. Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love.
Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids
Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.
Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here, will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!
For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.
Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the December Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter this week: Emma from The Joy of Five.
Hyde Park is home to Winter Wonderland at the moment and Dear Mummy Blog says it’s definitely worth a visit
As is the lanterns at Chiswick House as recommended by Zen Baby Travel
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Posted on December 8th, 2017 - Fiona
Inspiration for my activity hour comes from following up on learning from a week on the farm and anything topical and nature related. This week it was a new book arriving from Lonely Planet Kids called “Where Animals Live” that had my mind spiraling off into an afternoon of discovery with the wild animals and their homes here on the farm.
Where animals live
The book is packed with everything from the smallest creepy crawly to foxes and badgers and it provided a great way to start our afternoon. The kids took to the book instantly, lifting flaps identifying the animals and recognising from the photos where and how to find their homes.
A pebble Mouse comes to life.
It was a glorious afternoon and as we closed the book I introduced our first craft. Adding clay to pebbles we made mice with little stick tails.
Handing the children an egg carton each, they ran off to fill them with soft nature bedding as a home for their mouse. I explained that really they would look for a hole to hide in like at the bottom of a tree but that leaves would make it comfy just like their egg cartons.
We took advantage of the late afternoon sun which still had some warmth to make clay spiders in their web homes. The children enjoyed molding their spiders and counting on the stick legs, and weaving webs for them into paper plates.
Adventure along the wildlife trail.
We have a wildlife trail set up around Coombe Mill with laminated clues to take from reception. These have been heavily used by our holiday guests over the past year but no one had been on it this week. Instead of the clue sheets we used the video clues from the website downloaded onto my tablet. This was not only very clear for the children but visual too so they knew just which animal they were looking for as we made our way across the farm following the audio and video clues.
I was amazed how much energy the children had racing from clue to clue. We stopped to look for bugs and where they lived in the fairy gardens and bug hotel.
We even found a real mouse hole in the bottom of a tree, along with mole hills hiding the underground mole runs and the odd squirrel and wild rabbit that ran across our path. The children found all the animals on the trail, squelched through puddles, discovered hidden areas of the farm and gained an insight into the wild animals living in nature alongside our farm animals.
Nature has so much to discover and it is a pleasure to introduce children to the life going on around them on the farm.
Posted on December 4th, 2017 - Fiona
Children are naturally inquisitive about the world we live in. Science, geography, maths, art and history house some amazing subject that leave kids asking why. Sometimes explaining how rainforests work, what makes the earth go round or how life was for the Vikings can be a challenge. Trust Quarto Kids to come to the rescue with a whole series of books aimed at inquisitive older kids with a thirst for knowledge on interesting topics. Kids’ 30 second books are packed with fascinating facts and bite size summaries on all the most popular topics delivered in a pacey informative style. If you have a child with a thirst for knowledge there is bound to be a book in the collection to suit. Read on to find out more and be in with chance of winning 3 books of your choice from the range.
About 30 second books
Each book is filled with a 30 second readable fast fact section on each page, complimented with mini challenges and 1 sentence summaries. The graphics and illustrations are fun and colourful and remind me of the perfect revision tool for learning for exams, but on a junior scale. As a parent you will be impressed with the content and delivery, as a child you’ll be fascinated by the explanations and easy referencing. These books really deliver on every level and would make a wonderful collection. Priced at just £7.99 each it is an affordable purchase too. I’d say they are perfect for children age 7 to 11.
Need to know
96 quality gloss pages per book
||Ivy Kids – part of the Quarto Group
||£7.99 per book
||Quarto Online, Waterstones, Amazon
||180mm x 230mm (7.087in x 9.055in)
Win any 3 books from the 30 second book series from Quarto with Coombe Mill
If you fancy kick starting your child’s bite sized topic collection with any 3 books in the series why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
30 second books from Quarto
We were sent 4 books from the range for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. You can find the Coombe Mill copies in the games room bookshelves to borrow on holiday with us.
Posted on December 2nd, 2017 - Fiona
As we turn the calendar and enter into December I hear shouts of Christmas from every direction. However I don’t need the John Lewes advert on TV, the decorations in the shops or the fairy lights in the gardens to know that Christmas is coming. Even if I were cut off from the world, down in our little Cornish valley without all of these things, I would still know. Nature would tell me. The deep reds in the leaves that signify the end of autumn, the vivid greens that come only from evergreens and the mistletoe and holly berries that appear in the hedgerows and the robin that watches me on the fence. These are the signs that December is here and Christmas is coming. My weekly photos this week share some of these signals from nature.
Holly berries are out in abundance over the river.
Frosty mornings with a low lying sun.
Just a few deep red leaves clinging onto a wintry branch.
A robin watches over everything on the farm.
The last of the autumn colours glistening in the distance reminds me of Christmas lights.
What are the signs that Christmas is coming for you.
Is it the commercial indicators or something more subtle that triggers the Christmas buzz within?